Sanibel Island Volunteer & Giving Opportunities

After Sanibel & Captiva Islands were devastated by Hurricane Ian, many of you have been wondering how you can help. 

I decided to start compiling a list of volunteer and donation opportunities so we can all help beautiful Sanibel and its residents recover.  This is just a start, but I wanted to get it out there and will be adding to it as I hear of more volunteer opportunities. You can also stay updated by checking their websites and following their Facebook pages, as I'm sure volunteer opportunities will be constantly changing.

Please let me know if you know of more Sanibel volunteer opportunities! Thank you!


F.I.S.H. of SanCap

F.I.S.H. is a human services organization focused on 'neighbors helping neighbors' with a vision to create communities where all people have the support they need to thrive. Their mission is to enrich the lives of all people in Sanibel and Captiva Islands by neighbors helping neighbors with social services, education and assistance.

To learn how you can volunteer for hurricane relief efforts, please reach out to Kim Ouellette their operations and volunteer manager at 239-472-4775 or

For news & updates, follow F.I.S.H. on Facebook HERE

2430 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

FISH of sancap sanibel Florida volunteer

Thanksgiving dinner hosted by F.I.S.H.

As a result of Hurricane Ian, CHR residents lost everything, are now homeless and without jobs. If you’re in a position to provide support, please consider donating and all funds received will be used to help CHR residents with housing and essentials during this time. Thank you!

CROW - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine.

Each year, CROW cares for more than 5,000 wildlife patients including more than 200 species of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in its veterinary hospital, which is one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation facilities for native and migratory wildlife.

Volunteers are the cornerstone of CROW and each year more than 200 volunteers dedicate thousands of hours helping rescue, care for and rehabilitate wildlife. 

To learn more about becoming a volunteer at CROW, click HERE.

Stay updated about CROW on their Facebook page HERE.

3883 Sanibel-Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL
(239) 472-3644


Shop the CROW ‘Wild’ Holiday Gift Guide for the perfect present! 100% of proceeds from their online store directly benefit patient care and rehabilitation at their clinic!

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It is world famous for spectacular migratory bird populations. The refuge was established in 1945 to safeguard and enhance the wildlife habitat of Sanibel Island, to protect endangered and threatened species, and to provide feeding, nesting, and roosting areas for migratory birds. In 1967, the refuge was renamed for conservation pioneer Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, who was instrumental in its founding. More than 40 percent of the refuge is Congressionally designated wilderness.

You can learn more about Ding Darling on their website HERE.

You can learn more about volunteer opportunities at Ding Darling HERE. (Note: many of the opportunities may not be available yet after Ian.)

1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel, FL

(239) 472-1100

To learn more about how Ding Darling wildlife sanctuary fared during Hurricane Ian, check out my post How is Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge after Hurricane Ian? (Photos)

To donate to Ding Darling, click the button below:

Shop the Ding Darling gift shop! 100% of the proceeds go to support the refuge.

Ding Darling Wildlife Society - Friends of the Refuge

Ding Darling Wildlife Society - Friends of the Refuge is a great organization to join to help support the refuge and its recovery efforts. 

You can follow their news & updates on Facebook HERE and learn more about how you can get involved on the website here:

SCCF (Sanibel - Captiva Conservation Foundation)

Founded in 1967, SCCF's mission is to protect and care for Southwest Florida's coastal ecosystems through their focus on Water Quality Research, Policy and Advocacy, Sea Turtles and Shorebirds, Native Landscaping, Habitat and Wildlife Management, and Environmental Education.

They are the largest private landowner on Sanibel Island, managing more than 1,200 acres on Sanibel plus more than 600 additional acres on surrounding islands. They have more than eight miles of nature trails at preserves throughout the island.

 Over the last 53 years, SCCF's diverse program areas have grown to include the Native Landscapes & Garden CenterWildlife & Habitat ManagementSea Turtle & Shorebird Research and Monitoring, Environmental Policy, a Marine Laboratory, and the Sanibel Sea School

You can learn more about SSCF and how you can get involved, on their website HERE.

You can stay updated on their hurricane recovery progress and on volunteer opportunities on their Facebook page HERE.

Sanibel lighthouse Ian SCCF

Your gift will aid SCCF in getting back to their work monitoring shorebirds and sea turtles, advocating for sound environmental policy, researching water quality, managing over 2,000 acres of protected land, and more.

3333 Sanibel - Captiva Rd.
Sanibel, FL 33957


Support Sanibel Recovery Efforts

Sanibel Island is special in our hearts as well as many others, who are heartbroken over the devastation that Hurricane Ian brought this friendly little island in SW Florida.

Living in southwest Florida ourselves, and Sanibel being our "home away from home," we wanted a way to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian to rebuild and come back stronger and more beautiful than ever, so that families can continue to be able to create wonderful lifelong memories in this little slice of paradise.

$5 of every shirt purchased will go towards SW Florida relief efforts at: F.I.S.H. of SanCap and  Sanibel businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Click HERE to purchase. 💜 Thank you!

Sanibel beautiful strong loved shirt
[Dear Paula, Keith & Coastal Conservatory]

On behalf of FISH of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc., thank you for your donation!  The road to recovery for our islands is going to be lengthy, but we're so grateful to you for your support that allows us to continue our work.  

Maggie Goldsmith

Marketing & Grants


Sanibel Online Shopping Directory

Help support Sanibel in its recovery efforts as well as  Sanibel businesses by shopping from the Sanibel Online Shopping Directory! Some businesses may also have ways you can donate to help them rebuild and to support their employees who were affected by the hurricane as well.

What a great way to show love to your favorite island! ❤️‍🩹

We are just like you. We love Sanibel Island. We have vacationed, lived, done business on and played on the island. We understand the uniqueness of the way of life Sanibel fosters. We are hurting too and want to help. We have come together from all around the country (and world!) because, together, we are #SanibelStrong.

We are boots on the ground, we are generous volunteers and donors. We are businesses caring about businesses. We are a Sanibel Family. We come from all walks of life but one thing is certain -- we have loved the beaches of Sanibel, we have felt the special island spirit, we have shopped at Jerry's and eaten at the Lazy Flamingo.

Sanibel Strong, Inc., is a grass roots public charity with 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS and is a registered Florida not for profit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Sanibel Strong hurricane relief



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